SOURCE: KOCH Entertainment

June 14, 2007 13:48 ET

"Beloved Clara" - A Musical Love Triangle for All Time

Private Diaries and Love Letters of Composers Revealed on New CD

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - June 14, 2007) - It's been called the 'greatest love triangle of all time.' When composer Johannes Brahms entered the lives of Clara and Robert Schumann in 1853 an immediate three-way attraction was sparked. The trio secretly became a union of kindred spirits, one of musical genius and mutual admiration, and much more than that. An aging Schumann saw a successor to Beethoven in the 20-year-old Brahms, but more than that, a savior who would mystify the world for centuries to come. Clara, who was 33, found in Brahms a noble heart and musical soulmate sent from God and transfigured by his own music.

In Robert Schumann, young Brahms saw a hero and mentor on the brink of insanity and self destruction. Brahms found in Clara a divine love which he described as "the most beautiful experience of my life." Clara was a woman who did not promise heaven but revealed it to him on many levels. Together they conspired to make beautiful music while living out the mysteries of romantic passion and intertwining them in every theme and variation of romantic music.

"Beloved Clara," a timeless and complex love story that can easily be compared to A.R. Gurney's contemporary hit play "Love Letters," is a rare musical and theatrical recording which combines the beauty and subliminal line of the Schumanns' repertoire with the romantic text from the private diaries. The album combines two disciplines from three world-class talents -- pianist Lucy Parham, acclaimed actress Joanna David and internationally renowned actor Martin Jarvis, who unite in word and music to re-tell the tragic tale of Clara Schumann and her complex love triangle with Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms.

"Beloved Clara" the album was inspired by Lucy Parham's life-long passion for the music of Robert Schumann. Winner of the Young Musician of the Year Piano Competition, Lucy has become one of the UK's finest pianists and the leading interpreter of the Schumann repertoire. She premiered the highly successful concert of "Beloved Clara" in the 2002/3 Wigmore Hall Masters Series, and in 2006 directed the 150th Schumann Anniversary Festival in London. Parham says: "When performing the Schumann repertoire I would often talk to the audience before each piece and discovered that, along with the audience, I was getting increasingly drawn into the story behind the work. That's when I realized there may be a way to create something like 'Beloved Clara' -- to bring the story of Clara Schumann to life."

Parham's love of the Schumann story is also shared by the distinguished actors Martin Jarvis and Joanna David who provide the poetic dialogue throughout the album. Joanna David is well known to audiences for her roles in "Inspector Morse," "Foyles War," "A Touch of Frost," "The Darling Buds of May," "Pride and Prejudice" and "Sense and Sensibility," amongst others. As one of Britain's most versatile actors, Martin Jarvis is known for his major screen roles in the award-winning "Forsyte Saga" and the Hollywood blockbuster "Titanic." He is also the author of two bestselling books.

These inspirational figures from the worlds of music and theatre unite to illuminate the lives of three of the 19th century's most glorious musicians. The international premiere of "Beloved Clara" took place at the Bergen Festival in June 2007.

For more information on this CD or Lucy Parham, please contact James Scileppi at (516) 484-1000 Ext. 423 or James.Scileppi@kochent.com.

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